Sen. Kaine joins other senators to lift ban on negotiation of drug prices for Medicare

Thursday, January 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – The Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to directly negotiate with drug companies for price discounts for the Medicare Prescription Drug Program, eliminating the “non-interference” clause that expressly bans Medicare from negotiating for the best possible prices. The government can harness the bargaining […]

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Tom Perriello announces his run for the governor of Virginia – see his video announcement

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Tom Perriello announces his run for the governor of Virginia - see his video announcement

Today Tom Perriello in a video (see the video below) officially announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for governor Virginia. He will face Lt. Governor Ralph Northam thought to be the lone Democratic candidate in a June primary. On Twitter he posted that his team will be celebrating his campaign launch tonight at 7 p.m. […]

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U.S. Senators lead by Sen. Kaine ask what’s the rush to repeal the ACA?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine led a group of moderate Senate Democrats urging Republican Congressional leadership to discuss meaningful improvements to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before rushing to fast-track a repeal of the landmark health care law that would strip 30 million Americans of health care insurance. In a letter sent […]

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Governor McAuliffe’s legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Governor McAuliffe's legislative proposals to fill skilled workforce gap

BLACKSBURG – Governor Terry McAuliffe and Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam today announced a series of legislative proposals aimed at building the new Virginia economy by expanding education opportunities and strengthening workforce development. “We have a world-class higher education system here in the Commonwealth,” Lt. Gov. Northam said. “Today we announced legislation aimed at making sure […]

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Two new solar projects get permits in Virginia

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

RICHMOND – Governor McAuliffe today announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia. The first, a 20 megawatt (MW) facility under development by Coronal Development Services, will sit on approximately 275 acres in Dunnsville, part of Essex County. The second, also with 20 MW of capacity, will […]

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The Salem Red Sox hires Ben Gellman-Chomsky as new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

SALEM, VA (January 4, 2017) – The Salem Red Sox, Advanced-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, announced the hiring of Ben Gellman-Chomsky as their new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations on Wednesday. See video below: Team president and general manager Ryan Shelton noted Gellman-Chomsky’s broadcast talent, media relations experience and versatile skillset as […]

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Check your mailbox to find if your real estate assessment changes for fiscal year 2018

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Check your mailbox to find if your real estate assessment changes for fiscal year 2018

Today or no later than the end of the week, as the USPS mail goes, Roanoke City citizens will receive their new residential real estate assessment. That is if it changed at all. If you don’t receive one your assessment is the same as last year whether you liked it or not. Owners of residential […]

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Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Governor McAuliffe proposes criminal justice reforms

For the General Assembly 2017 session that begins January 5 Governor Terry McAuliffe proposes a legislative package that includes reforming driver license suspensions, increasing ability to petition court based on new DNA evidence and revising felony larceny threshold. “Throughout my administration, I have worked with Virginia’s public safety officials, the legislature, and the courts to […]

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Virginia State Sen. Chuck Colgan dies at age 90

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Virginia State Sen. Chuck Colgan dies at age 90

After spending a few days in hospice care the longest-serving Virginia State Senator Charles J. Colgan, passed away today at the age of 90 in Aldie, Va. The Colgan family said his failing health happened quickly. Colgan retired from the Virginia State Senate just a year ago and Sen. Jeremy McPike was elected to replace […]

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Sen. Warner on President Obama’s Russian sanctions in hacking retaliation

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sen. Warner on President Obama's Russian sanctions in hacking retaliation

WASHINGTON— U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the 115th Congress, issued a statement today on the Obama Administration’s announcement that it will impose additional sanctions on Russia in response to Russian hacking and interference in the electoral process: “The actions the President took today are an important […]

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President-Elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees slow to produce documents for confirmation

Thursday, December 22, 2016

President-Elect Trump's Cabinet nominees slow to produce documents for confirmation

Following reports that president-elect trump’s cabinet nominees are slow-walking full disclosure of key information, senate democratic ranking members say process shouldn’t move forward before all documents are turned over & reviewed. Reports that President-elect Trump’s Cabinet nominees have not yet provided the relevant Senate Committees with important documentation, such as a completed financial disclosure statement, […]

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U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to serve in key legislative role on healthcare and education issues

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine to serve in key legislative role on healthcare and education issues

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine announced his appointment to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) during a discussion on health care access with health care providers and advocacy groups in Richmond. “I’m excited to announce that I will be a member of the Senate HELP Committee in the […]

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